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Here’s The Scoop … Scene And Heard Around Town … Smoke And Tar Balls ….

Dear Readers … We hear the VFD has been busy with 2 fires in the last 2 days …”smoke showing” …at 4900 N. Ocean (Sea Ranch Club C) yesterday on the 7th floor and in the 1900 block of  S. Ocean  today…… No word on the extent of the damage… We hear all trucks were on scene at the 4900 call …

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TAR BALLS  COMING TO  LBTS?…..

Yesterday Congressman Klein had a conference call on the oil spill potential impact with Commissioners … after  sending  e-mails the day before on May 18th….

“Subject: Call With Congressman Klein

Dear Friends,

Many of you have contacted our office with questions and concerns about the oil spill in the Gulf. In order to provide you with the latest information and to discuss how we can be prepared for the potential impact on our shorelines, I’d like to invite you to participate in a conference call with Congressman Klein tomorrow afternoon at 3:30pm. The phone number and access codes required to dial in are below. Please let me know if you have any questions. We hope to hear from you tomorrow.

Thanks!

Rebecca”

Also …
Int. Asst. TM Bud Bentley will also be attending a meeting on Thursday, May 20th sponsored by Hollywood Fire Dept. regarding – preparation and planning for the oil spill to which EOC Reps and City Managers have been invited and Mayor Minnet will be attending a Coastal Cities Mayors meeting sponsored by Ken Keechl on Friday, May 21st…..
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And more on the oil spill front…

PRESS RELEASE FROM GOV. CRIST …

(BC- No direct links…sorry need to paste and click to get there….)
“CHARLIE CRIST SECRETARY ……….. MICHAEL W. SOLE DAVID HALSTEAD
Governor Florida Department of Environmental Protection State Coordinating Officer
MEDIA ADVISORY: TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010
CONTACT: PUBLIC INFORMATION (ESF 14): (850) 921-0217
FLORIDA DEEPWATER HORIZON RESPONSE MAY 18, 2010
TALLAHASSEE – Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.
The following is a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre- and post-landfall.
Landfall Predictions: The State Emergency Operations Center is aware of and has been fully briefed on the report of tar balls being found in the Keys. The Coast Guard has sent the tar balls for analysis to determine if they are related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
It should be noted that in 2008 and 2009 there were 667 and 681 reports respectively of oil and petroleum incidents along Florida’s waterways and beaches so these types of occurrences are not as unusual as one might think.
It is important that residents, visitors and especially the media await confirmation of the testing on these tar balls before assuming where they came from. Deepwater Horizon continues to discharge an estimated 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) per day. BP continues to evaluate numerous options to contain the oil discharge and is continuing efforts to drill a relief well. Winds/currents continue to keep the plume away from the Florida coast for at least the next 72 hours. Florida continues to monitor the location of the loop current and make preparations to safeguard the state’s shoreline. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the lead monitoring agency and at this time has not confirmed whether the oil has entered the loop current. Floridians and visitors are reminded that the state’s beaches and other attractions remain open for public enjoyment. Impacts to Florida’s coastline could include tar balls, oil sheen or tar mats. Should individuals observe oil on Florida’s coastline, report the incident to BP’s hotline 1-866-448-5816, or the State Warning Point at 1-877-2-SAVE-FL (1-877-272-8335), or by dialing #DEP from any wireless device. BP has opened six claims offices in Florida and expects to open an additional office later this week.
Walk-ins are welcomed. BP asks that calls be made to the claims hotline in advance at 1-800-440-0858 to expedite the process. After the initial call, a claims adjuster is estimated to call back in 48 to 72 hours.
State Actions: The State Emergency Operations Center remains activated at a Level 2 or Partial activation.
On May 17, 2010, Governor Charlie Crist announced that BP will provide Florida an additional $25 million for a national tourism advertising campaign. These funds are in addition to the $25 million Florida has already received for preparation efforts. On May 14, 2010, Governor Charlie Crist announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved disaster loan funds for businesses along Florida’s Gulf coast that have been impacted by the Deepwater Horizon incident. (Press Release) Learn more at: http://www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance/. Businesses and individuals can now submit Innovative Technology Ideas, suggestions, or products by completing the following information: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/files/inno_tech_evaluation.pdf.
Send the completed form and any other supporting documentation to [email protected] On May 12, 2010, Governor Charlie Crist directed DEP to issue an Emergency Final Order to accelerate preparedness and restoration in the 19 coastal counties under the Governor’s state-of-emergency Executive Orders.
Government entities, BP and its contractors making emergency permit application requests pursuant to the Emergency Final Order can obtain DEP’s emergency application form at: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/beaches/publications/pdf/emergency/DEP73-303EmPerApp-w-insts.pdf
The following link provides additional information about activities that may take place seaward of Coastal Construction Control Line: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/beaches/default.htm#DEEPWATER_HORIZON_-_Gulf_Oil_Spill. On May 11, 2010, Governor Charlie Crist issued (Executive Order 10-101) creating an Economic Recovery Task Force to facilitate efforts by Florida businesses and industries in recovering from the loss of business and revenues due to the Deepwater Horizon incident. On May 10, 2010, Governor Charlie Crist and Attorney General Bill McCollum called on former Attorneys General Bob Butterworth and Jim Smith to chair a Legal Advisory Council to explore options relating to the Deepwater Horizon incident and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Press Release As of May 11, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. the Florida Oil Spill Information Line, 1-888-337-3569, was activated to provide Floridians with response information and resources about the Deepwater Horizon oil incident from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week. Additional phone numbers have also been established for persons with disabilities: (800) 955-8771 (TDD) or (800) 955-8770 (voice). DEP conducted water and sediment sampling to use as a baseline and is monitoring air quality data. Statewide air quality monitoring is conducted in coordination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Learn more at http://www.airnow.gov/ or http://www.epa.gov/bpspill/.
Air quality reports for Monday, May 17, revealed that air quality throughout the panhandle area was considered good based on the ozone and fine
On May 17, 2010, Governor Charlie Crist announced that BP will provide Florida an additional $25 million for a national tourism advertising campaign. These funds are in addition to the $25 million Florida has already received for preparation efforts. On May 14, 2010, Governor Charlie Crist announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved disaster loan funds for businesses along Florida’s Gulf coast that have been impacted by the Deepwater Horizon incident. (Press Release) Learn more at: http://www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance/. Businesses and individuals can now submit Innovative Technology Ideas, suggestions, or products by completing the following information: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/files/inno_tech_evaluation.pdf.
Send the completed form and any other supporting documentation to [email protected] On May 12, 2010, Governor Charlie Crist directed DEP to issue an Emergency Final Order to accelerate preparedness and restoration in the 19 coastal counties under the Governor’s state-of-emergency Executive Orders.
Government entities, BP and its contractors making emergency permit application requests pursuant to the Emergency Final Order can obtain DEP’s emergency application form at: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/beaches/publications/pdf/emergency/DEP73-303EmPerApp-w-insts.pdf
The following link provides additional information about activities that may take place seaward of Coastal Construction Control Line: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/beaches/default.htm#DEEPWATER_HORIZON_-_Gulf_Oil_Spill. On May 11, 2010, Governor Charlie Crist issued (Executive Order 10-101) creating an Economic Recovery Task Force to facilitate efforts by Florida businesses and industries in recovering from the loss of business and revenues due to the Deepwater Horizon incident. On May 10, 2010, Governor Charlie Crist and Attorney General Bill McCollum called on former Attorneys General Bob Butterworth and Jim Smith to chair a Legal Advisory Council to explore options relating to the Deepwater Horizon incident and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Press Release As of May 11, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. the Florida Oil Spill Information Line, 1-888-337-3569, was activated to provide Floridians with response information and resources about the Deepwater Horizon oil incident from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week. Additional phone numbers have also been established for persons with disabilities: (800) 955-8771 (TDD) or (800) 955-8770 (voice). DEP conducted water and sediment sampling to use as a baseline and is monitoring air quality data. Statewide air quality monitoring is conducted in coordination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Learn more at http://www.airnow.gov/ or http://www.epa.gov/bpspill/.
Air quality reports for Monday, May 17, revealed that air quality throughout the panhandle area was considered good based on the ozone and fine
Fishermen who wish to contact BP about a claim should call 1-800-440-0858. FWC urges citizens to report oiled wildlife to the Wildlife Distress Hotline at 1-866-557-1401. For the safety of the public as well as the safety of animals, rescues should be conducted by trained responders. Untrained rescuers may cause more harm than good. Learn more at: http://www.myfwc.com/NEWSROOM/10/statewide/News_10_X_OilSpill2.htm
Closures: Currently there are no Florida State Park or beach closures. Learn more about Florida State Parks at: www.floridastateparks.org.
Tourism: Florida’s pristine beaches and famed fishing grounds remain open to residents and visitors. Currently, there are no impacts to Florida’s more than 1260 miles of coastline and 825 miles of sandy beaches. Florida’s shores are clear and open for business. If planning a trip to the Sunshine State, VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official tourism marketing organization, encourages visitors to check with local destinations in order to get the most up-to-date information. Through www.VISITFLORIDA.com, vacationers are able to view live Twitter feeds and read up-to-the-minute information on the status of any city or region in Florida, allowing them to see first-hand whether or not an area is currently affected. The following link also provides helpful local links to check on the status of your Florida destination: http://www.visitflorida.com/florida_travel_advisory/. The Florida State Park website will be updated daily and will list any parks that may be impacted by the Deepwater Horizon Incident: http://www.floridastateparks.org/. Visitors with camping or cabin reservations will be notified if their stay will be impacted. If you have any questions, please call 1-850-245-2157.
Tips for Homeowners While the state appreciates the concern expressed by Floridians and the ingenuity of those seeking alternative measures to help protect the state’s shoreline, the following tips are offered to ensure that these measures are helpful and not harmful to Florida’s coasts, wildlife and water resources: Tips for homeowners.
Tips for Businesses and Consumers: Florida residents are discouraged from signing any documents provided to them in return for money from BP or anyone else until they know the extent of their loss, which may be significantly higher than the money being paid. These may be fraudulent or premature. The Attorney General’s fraud hotline is open to receive any reports of fraud or price gouging. The hotline is 1-866-966-7226.
The Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner gas price-gouging hotline is also operational. The toll-free hotline number is 1-800-HELP-FLA (1-800-435-7352). Florida’s coastal businesses should be prepared to make loss of earnings claims for damages incurred as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In all circumstances, affected businesses should file a claim with BP via the hotline number – 1-800-440-0858 or claims office. Learn more at http://www.myfloridacfo.com/ or by calling 1-850-413-3089 or toll-free at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (1-877-693-5236).
Volunteer Opportunities: The Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service is encouraging Floridians and visitors to watch for oiled wildlife, vegetation, and beaches by becoming a Coast Watch volunteer. Learn more at www.volunteerfloridadisaster.org. Report injured or oiled animals to the Wildlife Distress Hotline: 1-866-557-1401. Report oiled shoreline to: 1-866-448-5816. Report a change in Air Quality to: http://www.epa.gov/bpspill/. For information on scheduled beach cleanups and other volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.volunteerfloridadisaster.org/. BP has established a volunteer program and set up a toll-free number for those interested in volunteering. Learn more by calling BP’s community information line at 1-866-448-5816.
Learn More About Florida’s Response: DEP launched a Twitter account, www.Twitter.com/FLDEPalert, dedicated to providing updates on Florida’s response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. DEP in coordination with the state Emergency Operations Center established an email sign-up for information alerts on its website as well as a resources page containing fact sheets and tips. Learn more at: www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon. For a list of Unified Command, BP and Florida phone numbers, visit http://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/default.htm#numbers
For additional information regarding Florida’s response to the Deepwater Horizon incident, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon, or follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/FLDEPalert.”

FACT SHEET  FROM GOV. CRIST …
“CHARLIE CRIST SECRETARY ………. MICHAEL W. SOLE DAVID HALSTEAD
Governor Florida Department of Environmental Protection State Coordinating Officer
WHAT FLORIDIANS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT REPORTING OIL
Report evidence of oil by calling the State Warning Point at 1-877-2-SAVE-FL
(1-877-272-8335), or by dialing #DEP from a cell phone.
 Impacts reported to the State Warning Point will be investigated by reconnaissance teams of
trained individuals for verification. When verified, a Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Technique
(SCAT) team will be deployed.
 Oil on Florida’s coastline will most likely be in the form of tar balls, oil sheen, tar patches or mats.

Tar Balls: Pliable, globules of weathered oil, ranging
from mostly oil to highly emulsified with varying amount
of debris and/or sediment. Tar balls may vary in size
from millimeters to 20-30 centimeters across.
Tar Patches: An oil configuration or “structure” that
reflects a broad range of shapes and dimensions.
Numerous tar balls could combine to form a patch; oil
of various colors and consistency could form a patch or
single layer 10s of cm to 10s (or even 100s) of meters
in diameter. Patches of oily debris, barely able to float
with sediment/plants in them, might be called “tar
mats.”
Oil Sheen: When fresh oil spreads out on the water
surface, it eventually becomes sheen, a very thin layer
of oil floating on the water surface. Sheens can vary
greatly in color. In regards to the Deepwater Horizon
incident, the thinnest sheens are nearly transparent,
and the thickest are dull brown in color.”

more to come….

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